3 Quick Workouts to Keep You Agile As You Age

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Composed of 4 different parts, the core of the body has a greater function than housing a six pack. Whether you're playing catch or vacuuming your carpet, it's the central unit where most of your motion originates, or at the very least passes through. 

While a strong, tight core is found to be attractive, it also helps enhance stability and balance. It enhances posture and keeps your back in healthy shape. Since it connects the upper body to the lower body, and vice versa, a weak core can impair the overall motion of the arms and legs, risking injury or even immobility. If you want to remain agile as you age, a strong core is key. Here are 3 quick workouts you can do at home, with minimal reps and equipment! Simply rotate through them a few times per week and you'll be well on your way to building core strength. And since proper form is key, be sure to copy and paste each of these exercises into the search bar on YouTube before you begin to ensure you're doing them correctly. 

WORKOUT 1:

  • Frog Sit-Ups: 3 sets, 12-15 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Jackknife Sit-Ups: 3 sets, 12-15 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Oblique Crunches: 3 sets, 12 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Reverse Crunches: 3 sets, 12-15 reps (30 seconds rest)

WORKOUT 2:

  • Seated Barbell Twist: 3 sets, 8-12 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Air Bike: 3 sets, 12 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Crunch - Hands Overhead: 3 sets, 12-15 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Flat Bench Lying Leg Raise: 3 sets, 8 reps (30 seconds rest)

WORKOUT 3:

  • Decline Crunch: 3 sets, 8-12 reps (30-45 seconds rest)
  • Dumbbell Side Bend: 3 sets, 8 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Exercise Ball Crunch: 3 sets, 12-15 reps (30 seconds rest)
  • Flat Bench Leg Pull-In: 3 sets, 12 reps (30 seconds rest)

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